Teaching & Learning- 11/9/20

Mount Airy City Schools- Volume 29

Accessing MACS STEAM Institute Resources

>Log into your Schoology Account

>Choose Groups at the top of the page and then select Professional Development- Teachers

>On the LEFT side of the page select Resources

>Select the top folder, STEAM Institute, MACS STEAM Institute (Recent and Historical)

Please note that your CEUs are currently being loaded in the Linq system but you may not see all of these until the end of this week.

Professional Learning within MACS

Did you know that we offered over 25 session choices for our professional learning during the last STEAM Institute? That is AMAZING and it is because of our MACS educators! Please see a few of the comments below which represent the appreciation and support for the work being done across the district. It is opportunities like this that allow MACS to empower all educators.

"Really enjoyed this session. Loved the ideas everyone had to rest our minds and not be stressed. Nicole did an excellent job!”

“This was a fantastic session for teachers to share common struggles and frustrations. A great way to put ideas down to take care of yourself to take care of others”

“This was a fantastic session for teachers to share common struggles and frustrations. A great way to put ideas down to take care of yourself to take care of others”

“Such great information that I can use immediately for face to face kids and remote! Maria was great!”

“Dustin did a wonderful job of sharing the PHET simulations. He made sure he spoke to each person who attended and gave specific resources for each person and his/her grade level.”

“Learning about how we operate and what we need is one of the best things I've ever done in PD. Once we know ourselves and what we need, we can then learn to focus on others and their needs.”

“Enjoyed the opportunity to think about how the literature I use in my classroom can lead to in depth conversations with my students about culture, race and gender topics.”

“Wonderful session, wonderful conversation, and wonderful reflection time."

“Loved this session and can't wait to explore further. Would like to attend this session in person and with more time to try out these resources! Thank you, Alex!"

“This was the perfect end to my day. I am so excited to use these strategies in future PD sessions and PLN meetings I lead.”

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Welcome Jodi Cox, MACS Family Liaison

Please see the message below from our new Mount Airy City Schools, Family Liaison, Mrs. Jodi Cox. We are so grateful to have her supporting our students and their families through the home and school partnerships.

As a Family Liaison, I serve both the student and their family. I want our parents, students and families to know we are here for them. By being “in the field”, going to homes and being present, the families and students that want/need help will know they are supported; for some families this is all they need. There are challenges in our students’ homes on a daily basis they have limited to zero control over. My role is to assist these families and students to overcome these challenges in order for students to succeed in and out of the classroom. By linking and coordinating our families with community and state resources we can help break down these barriers. Success for some of our students is possible by simply adding layers of support and advocating for them.

The support and resources I provide for students and families, include but are not limited to: basic needs (food, clothing, housing assistance, utility assistance), community referrals (mental health and/or substance abuse counseling, accessing appropriate healthcare, connecting with human services organizations, mentorship programs, DSS reports, before/after school care), and home visits (address truancy, lack of engagement and participation in learning, drop-out risks).

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Learning Opportunities within Our Schools and Community

We are grateful for the ELISS grant and strengthened partnership with Mount Airy Parks and Recreation and Reeves Community Center, which allowed us to implement the Fit Brains and Fit Bodies project. We have fully utilized this $65,000 grant to provide resources for our school, family and community partnerships. Did you know that the ELISS grant provided the following resources this fall of 2020?

  • Free swimming lessons at RCC for any Jones student
  • Free sports clinics for any K-8 student in the areas of soccer, basketball and volleyball
  • Free American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification for 15 high-school students, providing them with this $150 value that directly leads them to employable skills
  • Free daily before school workout sessions for 30 MAMS students, all led by RCC Certified Fitness Trainers
  • Free weekly dance class for 25 MAHS students provided by Surry Arts Council
  • Free weekly art and culture class for all Kindergarteners in Dual Language Immersion at BHT
  • Access for all BHT students and teachers to utilize the Story Walk on the Greenway, which begins at Tharrington Park and includes 9 stations with stories over the course of 1 mile down and 1 mile back. See the pictures below.
  • 200 cinch sacks have been developed and will be distributed to all MACS students living in the Mount Airy Housing Authority. These include fitness bands, school supplies, hand sanitizer, and 3 age-appropriate books.

Are You a National Board Candidate This Year?

National Board will be hosting a webinar for NC Candidates on November 18th at 5pm. Click here for the registration information, as well as the link to the survey they are using to gather questions ahead of time.
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Vetted Resources to Support Your Professional Learning

Upcoming Meetings:

MACS Beginning Teachers - Thursday, November 12 @ 3:30 pm

MACS STEAM Leaders- Thursday, November 12 @ 2:30 pm

SEL Task Force - Wednesday, November 18 @ 3:30 pm

So You Want to Talk About Race Book Study- Wednesday, November 18 @ 6:00 pm

MACS Teaching and Learning

Dr. Phillip Brown, Chief Academic and Human Resources Officer

Penny Willard, Director of Innovative Programming

Scott Dollyhite, Director of Exceptional Children and Student Services

Olivia Sikes, Director of Career and Technical Education and Student Accountability

Polly Long, Workforce Initiatives Coordinator

Kini Brindle, Social & Emotional Learning and Exceptional Children Compliance Coordinator

Jodi Cox, Family Liaison

Brittany Branch, Digital Learning Coach